Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale)Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 02-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
327
Reviews:
81
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.18%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
43
For Trade:
2
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic barleywine, did they discontinue this?

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 22 0z bottle and into a snifter.
A-Burgendy color, small head, little carbonation.
Smell- notes of dark fruit and malt.
Taste-figs, rasins, caramel, malt coming through, alcohol is there but comes at end and warms you, very well balanced.
Mouthfeel-quite pleasant lighter than I would have thought.
Overall-A great Barleywine style ale. I have been drinking a lot of Barleywine's lately and this one was a pleasure to drink, very drinkable but yet still complex enought to make it interesting.

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4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint glass

A) Pours thick a very dark brown color like caramel or maple syrup. Not too cloudy thick two finger head that lingers and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S) Toffee candy, caramel, brown sugar, Citra hops, oak

T) Sweet batter, same as aroma and a strong oak finish very pleasant.

M) low carbonation thick

O) Very good beer can't wait to have again. It's a great option for an American style barley wine

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4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter, cellar temperature. An oak-aged barleywine? From a brewery I already know to be awesome? You could say I'm looking forward to this one... Let's get it on.

A pour of this barleywine creates a two-finger, sort of tan off-white head that slowly recedes. It's the color of a wall or piece of paper that once was pure white, but has been forgotten by time, faded and yellowed with age. The body is deep, dark ruby red. A murky, thick red that I can only barely see through.

The aroma delivers strong raisins, cherries and vanilla upfront without messing around. Some resinous hops mixed with maple syrup and leathery bourbon are enhancing things even further... caramel and butterscotch too... oh man, this is amazing.

The flavor is brimming with vanilla, cherries, plums, caramel, and woody hops. As if all of this wan't enough, the finish adds some sensual sweet breadiness.

Thick and syrupy feel. Sticky, too. I love it.

I kinda knew I was gonna love this before even cracking it open. And I did. Oh yes... I did.

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4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a goblet. 

A- deep chestnut hued red brown. Thin layer of cream head. Nice lace. 

S- citrus and floral hops, sugar, vanilla. 

T- so smooth! Big hops but smoothed out by the oak. Caramel, biscuity malt, vanilla. Only hints of the near 10% abv. Long smooth sweet aftertaste. 

M- medium to full feel. Nice dose of carbonation that makes the flavors tingle. 

O- one of my favorite barleywines that I've tried. Robustly hopped and so smooth with the nice blended flavors of oak. Excellent and highly recommended.

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4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-pours a clear ruby red with an amazingly thick and creamy cap of beige foam. This head is just ridiculous. Outstanding retention and bubbly texture and thick blankets of everlasting lace. Absolutely perfect for the style. ***theres STILL a gulp of foam left at the end of the glass. Gosh.

S- hops dominate the aroma, as shown by the IPA-esque foam. Clean and floral bitterness and very very spicy peppercorn and chile. Bold alcohol vapors seem barrel-concentrated similar to whiskey and the oak aromas are powerful and smoothly sweet in the form of cured wood and earthy tannins, but low on vanilla. Half dried orange and sun dried tomato with some mild sandalwood, caramel and toffee notes. Very spicy, earthy, woodsy and manly.

T- as spicy as it smells from this combination of bold hops. Intense oak flavor has been absorbed into every corner of the flavor profile. Huge tannin character and again, low on sweetness. Slight smokiness lends a suggestion of a less peaty Islay scotch and the hops play out a grassy lemony bitterness along with the bitterness of alcohol. Peppery and warm, very bitter but balanced by the oak flavors and concentrated grainy malt. The finish is long and whiskied, with the lingering taste of a saturated barrel and golden raisins.

MF- very low carbonation fades to almost nil by the bottom of an 8oz snifter, adding more whiskiness to the whole shebang. Backburner doesn't feel as hot as it smells and tastes but still has some warming effect on this cool summer night. The body is thickly malted and akin to a thin syrup which is completely acceptable considering the angels have taken their share and surely some H2O along with it. Eisbock concentrated feeling. Sticky and dry, tannic and unashamed. Not for Lil bitches.

D- could be the oakiest beer I've ever had and it's dope when you think of it as a whiskey although it has a distinct freshness to it also. The sheer amount of tannins has my pilot light flickering. A little more sweetness in the flavor would be appreciated but it's a beast as it is. This is a cigar beer if I've ever had one. Something dark to compliment the spiciness.

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Oak-Aged Backburner (Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 327 ratings.
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